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The Roots of Seattle's Filipino Community

A look at the history of the Filipino community's presence in the Chinatown International District.

December 12, 2018

In this episode of our Kuya Geo series, George "Geo" Quibuyen explores the history of the Filipino community's presence in Seattle's Historic Chinatown International District, known to some as Filipino Town.


Aileen Imperial

Aileen Imperial is a multimedia and documentary producer with a commitment to thoughtful observation and engagement. Her work has aired nationally on the PBS American Masters series, PBS NewsHour, and she is a 4-time Emmy winner for feature videos in the Arts, Culture, and Human Interest. Find her on Twitter: @imperealize

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Stephen Hegg

Stephen is a 25-year veteran of KCTS, producing a wide range of cultural and public affairs series, documentaries and arts programming.  His credits include PIE, Something in the Water  (PBS feature on Seattle’s indie music scene), the gala opening of Benaroya Hall, and documentaries on Asahel and Edward Curtis, Dan Sullivan and Doris Chase.  Seattle-born, Hegg is a graduate of Whitworth University and is also an accomplished violinist and avid cyclist.

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hanslunder11's picture


Why does Geo always talk about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese people? Filipinos are not even related to them. The closest Filipino cousin is Indonesian, Malaysian, Palau, Guam and Melanesia.

It seems as if Geo is ignorant about his own identity and culture, or he is ashamed and tries to confuse the viewers. Geo doesn’t even look Asian, yet he fronts a eastern heritage. That’s so embarrassing watching my role model pretend to be something we are not. Is my role model fake?

Filipino culture is more Pacific than Asian

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Thankful to you as you gave us a chance to know about the history of the Filipino community's presence in the Chinatown International District and meet people of the community.